“I’m sorry, but you can’t rent a movie until you give us a proof of residence, which can be a water, electricity bill or the like…”
This is the response I got when trying to apply for a membership at a local video rental store.
And so I proceeded to prod a little more…
Me: “How am I going to give you a water bill when it’s included into my rent, can’t you just accept my credit card and keep it on file?”
Me: “What if I prove that I have plenty of free room on the card? This is how they do it in other countries…”
Attendant: “No, sorry”
And so I walked out a movie-less depressed man, but I wasn’t going to give up!
Thanks to my HideMyAss! backup plan, my night was kind of saved…
This wasn’t the first time I was asked for a proof of residence and wouldn’t be the last.
In fact, a proof of residence is necessary to get a lot of things done such as:
- Renting videos
- Getting a post-pay phone plan
- Getting Internet
- Getting visa stuff done
- Most notary public tasks
- Buying a car
- Health insurance
- Getting a job
- And tons of other things…
You need a proof of residence for day to day life in Brazil.
The problem was that I couldn’t get a traditional proof of residence without having one first to get one… (yep, confusing)